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Read Through History: September 2015

Autumn is sort-of arriving. Festival season has been and gone and for about two months shops have been selling Christmas stuff. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve read this month:

1) The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson. What if the Black Death had wiped out ninety nine percent of Europe’s population and the world was explored by the Mongols, the Islamic World and the Chinese? Read this and find out.

2) The Martian by Andy Weir. The film is out soon so I thought I’d read the book first. See what you think.

3) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Ever seen the 60s film The Haunting? Read the book as well. It’s just as chilling.

4) Batman: The Killing Joke. I went to a talk on Graphic Novels laid on by the Portsmouth Writers’ Hub so I thought I’d do some revision.

5) Sacred Treason by James Forrester. A very good mystery set in the age of Elizabeth I. Give it a try.

6) Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. This was recommended at the Comic/Graphic Novel Workshop so I thought I’d give it a read. Very interesting so far.

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